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An Emerald Green Beauty for Marius

An Emerald Green Beauty  for Marius
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6774 W: 207 N: 2989] (9571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-80, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, @ ISO 400, SIGMA 62MM EX DG MC UV Filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things III, Butterflies from the Middle East & Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-22 21:10
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Callophrys rubi (Green hairstreak) [in Turk. Zümrüt]

Today an emerald green beauty from Ermenek (Karaman province) which I’ve not uploaded before. I would like to dedicate this beauty’s shot to our friend, Marius Secan (marius-secan) in thanks for his pleasant gift for me with a beautiful mash frog which he uploaded yesterday! Hope you can like this MF:)!

TFL and Cheers,

©Bayram GÖÇMEN, All Rights Reserved.



The wings of the green hairstreak butterfly are dull brown on the uppersides, but bright green on the underside with a white 'streak' across the fore- and hindwings. The sexes are very similar in appearance, but males can be distinguished by the presence of a small pale spot on each forewing. The plump caterpillar grows to 1.5 cm in length, and is flattened at each end. It is green in colour, with a brown head, has a dark line passing along the back and rows of diagonal yellowish-white markings

Green hairstreak is widespread in Ireland, and occurs throughout Europe and some parts of North Africa, extending through Asia to Siberia. It is found in a wide range of habitats including calcareous grasslands, moorland, heathland, woodland clearings and rides, bogs, disused quarries and railway cuttings. It requires the presence of the foodplants of the caterpillars; on calcareous grasslands these are common rock rose (Helianthemum nummularium) and common bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus); on heathland gorse Ulex europeaus), broom (Cytisus scoparius) and dyer's greenwood (Genista tinctoria) are used, whilst bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) is used on moorland. A range of other foodplants is also occasionally utilised.

One generation is produced each year; adults emerge from mid-April onwards and the flight period is concentrated between May and early June. Further north, the flight period may occur a month later. Females lay eggs singly on the buds or young shoots of the foodplants, after about a week the eggs hatch, and the caterpillars begin to feed. At the end of July the caterpillars descend to the ground, where they pupate in the leaf litter. The pupae produce audible squeaks, which attract ants, and a pupa has been found in a nest of the ant Myrmica sabuleti. It is believed that the pupae are buried by ants, but the species involved in this relationship are not known. The pupal stage hibernates, and the adults emerge the following spring. This species is the only hairstreak butterfly that hibernates as a pupa; it is therefore the earliest of these butterflies to emerge.

Despite being a widespread species at present, the green hairstreak has been lost in some areas as a result of habitat loss, changes in management, and neglect of sites. In upland areas, overgrazing is a threat, and in woodlands, over-shading has increased as a result of a decline in traditional woodland management techniques. Other potential threats include drainage and peat extraction in lowland areas, and tree-planting in the uplands .


1. WikiPedia
2. Carter, D. & Hargreaves, B. (1986) A A field guide to caterpillars of butterflies and moths in Britain and Europe. William Collins & Sons Ltd, London.
3. Baytaş, A. (2008). Türkiye’nin Kelebekleri Doğa Rehberi. NTV yayınları, Doğuş Grubu İletişim Yayıncılık ve Ticaret A.Ş., Istanbul, 222 s.
4. Tolman, T.(2008).Collins Butterfly Guide of Britain and Europe. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., London,. 384 pp.

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Günaydın Bayram hocam, harika derlenmiş notuyla nefis bir kelebek makrosu.
Gerçekten zümrüt! Düz arka fonla harika bir kontrast oluşturmuş.
Emeklerinize sağlık hocam. Saygılarımla.


A very nice shot, Big Bro!
I have never seen this butterfly earlier, BIg Bro!
Very well done!

Muhteşem bir Zümrüt renkli kelebek ve kusursuz bir yakın çekim olmuş Bayram hocam. Ellerinize sağlık. Selamlar,

Good morning little bro,

that little green one what belongs to the blue ones are Red listed here.
Great pov and dof, sharpness as always.
Fine colours.


Günaydın hocam. Dün gece baktım yüklememişsiniz. Gece dersi sizi yormuş anlaşılan:)
Çok güzel bir kelebekmiş hocam. Emeklerinize sağlık.

Vovvv.. bir canlıda bir renk bu kadar güzel olur hocam. Bunu yeşil yapraklar üzerinde farketmek çok zordur eminim. Müthiş bir kamuflaj rengi var. Ellerinize sağlık.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-22 23:16]

Günaydın Hocam,
Ne kadar ilginç bir kelebek.Sanki bakırdan yapılmış üzeri oksitlenmiş gibi.Böyle renkler maalesef Canon ekipmanla yakalanamıyor,ama Nikonlar da Canonun focus hızına yetişemiyor.Netlik,ışık,kadraj mükemmel olmuş.
Senin de güzel bir gün geçirmeni diliyorum.
Selamlar,ellerine sağlık..

Ciao Bayram, splendid dedication to our friend Marius, lovely little butterfly with wonderful green color, beautiful blurry BG, fine details and superb sharpness. very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Dayi muhtesem renkleri olan bir kelebek. Harika olmus!
Eline saglik. selamlar.

Bayram cok guzel bir kelebek. Gercek bir mucevher..
Renklerine bayildim.. cok guzel kompoze etmissin.
Hepimizden selamlar.

Selam my dear friend,
A beautiful capture of this beautiful Green Hairstreak butterfly. A lovely dedication. Good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Bayram,
incredible colors for this butterfly, detais, background and light, perfect. A very beautiful capture. Regards, Paolo

really brilliantly colored species. nicely photographed.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-23 2:00]

Hello MF Bayram,
fine capture of the butterfly, the image is very sharp with good details, nice pov, well composed shot,well done.Best regards Siggi

arkadaşım Bayram,
Günaydın hocam.

This little jewel is beautiful, truly a messenger of spring in your part of the world; and your notes very interesting and educational. Teşekkürler arkadaşım, Bayram!

I really wonder how you find the time to do your job, find all these beauties and photograph them, prepare the photo for TrekNature, write the notes and perouse portfolios. You are a man of many talents!

Does your department have also an exhibition, where you show some of the animals, which you found?

As usual, with your photographic technique you show us many details including a bit of pollen on the antanae - and spikes on the leaves which probably hooked you when you took the macro in May.

Paylaşımın için çok teşekkürler

En icten selamlarimla

Hellow Bayram,
This magnificent emerald coloured butterfly is a first sighting for me.Pinsharp image and strong colour saturation with a nice "smooth" BG, well done on this great shot.

Ciao BBB. Very good DOF and fantastic colours/tones. Lighting
detailed compo MF.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-23 5:42]

Szia Baratom Bayram,

Splendid photo, great natural colors and very fine, sharp details, excellent presentation too, TFS! Have a nice day!

Bayram bey selamlar,Türkiye gibi zengin bir habitata yaşamanın avantajlarını çok güzel kullanıyorsunuz,size kıskanmamak elde değil(biz küçücük Kıbrısta sıkıştık kaldık)

Beautiful sharp detailed photo of these butterflies. Very fine light and colours against the contrasting BG. Good composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-23 8:45]

Hello Bayram,
Beautiful photo of this butterfly in typical green and yellow colours. Very sharp with a lot of details. Good POV, blurry BG and composition.

hello Bayram
this is beauty with the green colours
super pose and great sharpness
greeting lou

Merhaba Bayram,
The colours of this beauty are so great! Very impressive details. Excellent management of the light too. I think we must wait the next Spring to see it again. Good evening MF,

Iridescence! It reminds me of sharkskin. Your notes as always make reading a pleasure. I was just speaking to another about UV and Haze filters which not only do the job intended, but help save the ens eh?Bob

Bayram hocam renkler gerçekten zümrüt. Harika bir kelebek ve tam usta işi bir çekim. Emeklerinize sağlık. Saygılarımla,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-09-24 0:25]

Henüz fotoğrafını çekemediğim güzellerden,homojen fon belirginliği artırmış ve daha güzel kılmış sonucu..Eline emeğine sağlık.
Bi slavên germ,

Hallo MF Bayram,
a very beautiful dedication to our friend Marius; superb capture of the Green Hairstreak, very good sharpness and fantastic metallic colours in a very nice close composition
Best regards

Beneksiz, zümrüt yeşili harika bir kelebek. Eminim karşı cinsi farklı renktedir. Elinize sağlık,

Hola Bayram

Que colores tan bellos tiene esta mariposa, buen POV y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hello Bayram,
In the past few days I did't have acces to TN. I seen late your
wonderful dedication. I haven't see this emerald beauty befor.
Lovely colours and very good sharpness. Thank you for posting.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-09-25 19:47]

Hello Bayram,
What a gorgeous butterfly showing exceptional detail and stunning colors. The shape reminds me of our sulfurs, but the bluish coloration is simply stunning.
I have been so busy lately that I find it more and more difficult to find the time to post or critique. I hope you don't mind me getting a little behind on your wonderful images.

Merhaba Bayram hocam,

Çok güzel, çok minik bir türü harika bir makro eşliğinde çekmişsiniz.
Hep çekimini yapmak istediğim bir türdü.
En son karşılaşmamızda peşinden epeyce koşmama rağmen dönüp arkasına bile bakmadı :) Hiç yüz vermedi bu dilber:)
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.

Selam ve saygılarımla,

Look at this guy..!!!
Amazing capture sir...!!! :-)

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-05 5:31]

Merhaba MF Prof. Bayram,
wishing you the best.
suxh a lively colours in metallic blue. so sharp so well seen in excellent details. The hairs are so well defined and the glow is well maintained.


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